Towering spires of colorful, cup-shaped blooms, Foxgloves are the skyscrapers of the garden, adding colorful vertical lines to summer designs.
Foxgloves are tall, stately plants that carry purple, yellow, rose or white bell-shaped blooms on long spikes with darker, interior splotches or freckles. The flower stalks grow from a large rosette of leaves.
Foxglove reseeds easily and a single purple plant is capable of producing multi-colored offspring. Most Foxgloves bloom biennially, growing foliage the first year and blooming and dying the second, although some perennial forms are available.
Yellow Foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora) grows just 1 meter tall with creamy yellow flowers that are flecked with brown.
Rusty Foxglove (D. ferruginea) has pale orange-brown blooms on 1.2 meter long stalk, while English Foxglove forms ivory-white, purple, shell-pink, or deep rose flowers dotted with brown or scarlet.
Its sturdy, upright flower-lined spikes make Foxglove a distinctive plant to use as a backdrop for other flowers, among flowering shrubs, or as elegant specimen plants in the summer garden.
In flower borders, plant Foxgloves in the back of the bed with Shasta Daisies or Peonies in the foreground. Perennials that have round flower heads provide stunning contrast to Foxglove’s vertical lines.
Among flowering shrubs, foxglove is tall enough to emerge from the crowd and tough enough to compete with larger plants for food and water.
In naturalistic settings, Foxglove is right at home, able to thrive at the base of old stumps and rotting logs. Planted with Ferns along a woodland walk, Foxglove will reseed and bloom in colorful colonies for years.
The best companions for Foxglove are flowers and plants that complement its tall, narrow form and dramatic blooms.
Combine classic cut flowers, such as Sweet William Snapdragons and Roses, with the strawberry-pink Merton Foxglove.
Summer-blooming annuals, such as petunias, Geraniums and Alyssum, thrive in the same soil and share the same bloom time as foxgloves. Combine bright annuals to vibrate against the white blooms of the Foxglove Alba’.
Spring bulbs provide bursts of color when the rich pink, rose, purple and white shades of the Excelsior Hybrids’ are not in bloom. The round clump of the Foxglove’s foliage will screen the bulbs; foliage as they yellow and fade.
When planting Foxglove you will need: